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Holiday spirit provides opportunities for students and community to volunteer

Photo by Alysha Camacho THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR Sophomore Troy Guardipee and the Art Club recently went to one of the community local retirement homes. “We wanted to help spread Christmas cheer.” Guardipee, along with other student artists spent a day painting holiday themed murals for the retirement residents to enjoy.

by Andrew Kromarek Students throughout Great Falls High School have discovered not only the intrinsic value of supporting the community, but the gratification that comes with giving and sharing. For five years now, the faculty at Great Falls High have purchased gifts through the Bison Giving Tree to provide holiday presents for Bison students who would otherwise not receive any gifts. “We have never had a [person’s] tag left over on the tree,” said English teacher Rachel Bohannon. “We have worked harder to identify kids in need, but we never have turned a kid away.” Over 400 students have received help through the Giving Tree. Librarian Doug Deffé coordinates the family portion of the Bison Giving Tree. This season, he has seven families receiving funds for the holiday. The program has assisted 31 families in the past five years. Deffe said, “Everything we do on our end is for GFH. It’s purely staff and students.” Another way to inspire community involvement is to take the plunge during the Christmas Stroll. Each person who makes the bone-chilling jump is helping

out the Special Olympics with a donation in their name or group. Sophomores Hannah Schaffer and Haley Johnson have been making the jump since 7th grade and for a good reason. “My sister is autistic, and she plays in the Special Olympics,” said Schaffer. “Afterwards, it’s pretty fun. The wait in line is the worst part.” Together, the jumpers raised around $300. Students also wrote their letters to Santa this year, but with a twist. Macy’s has offered to donate $1 for each letter to Santa they receive, up to $1,000,000. Great Falls High students had a turnout of 1,441 wish lists, which will raise another $1,441 toward the Make A Wish foundation in Great Falls. “Students and staff] here are so responsive to helping out,” said French teacher Kathy Jackson, who helped set up the fundraiser. Linda Ballew, the adviser of the journalism department, enlists GFH students and faculty along with the community to “Share the Warmth.” This donation of gently worn warm garments are for children, teens and families who struggle to acquire their own warm clothing for the winter weather. “It’s a feel-good activity,” said Ballew.

‘A Night at the Oscars’ STUCO captivates students with winter formal

by Austin Mu Suited up to the nines in tuxedos and full-length gowns, young adults and teens throughout the city spent “A Night at the Oscars”, the traditional Winter Formal. At the recreational center in the Mansfield theater, students came in groups and pairs to celebrate the school year and the times of their lives. With student council representatives and selected adult officials diligently working to satisfy the dance’s need for Hollywood glitter and glam, the event came together. “We were a little nervous at first, but I think it was a great success,” said senior Emily Hatler, the student body secretary and one of the many student council members who helped bring the formal dance together. With new concepts brought by the staff and the continuing enforcement of the no-

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grinding rule the dance was a first for many. “I thought prom went exceptionally well this year,” said English teacher and student council co-advisor Chrissy Baroch. One hit unexpectedly turned out to be the student dance competition. For the first time, awards were given to the dancers who participated in and won in these dance categories: the timeless jitterbug, freestyle, the robot and the world-sensational gangnam style. Also, rather than crowning the class prom kings and queens with the usual headpieces and canes, the elected royalty were given Oscar-themed statuettes reminiscent of the actual Oscar award ceremonies. “It was a good surprise and really cool to win it senior year,” said senior Kyler Baker, one of the elected prom royalty. “Everybody came to together, put aside school and had fun.”


Photo by Michael Gunderson THE FINAL COUNTDOWN Senior Kelsey Jovick dances at her final Winter Formal. “I thought it was a really important event for me and everyone else. It was also nice to have all the seniors come together and dance towards the end of the night.”

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Job market fairs better for associate degrees New study shows that associate degrees have better job outlook by Jordan Purinton This is it. The home stretch. As many college and scholarship application deadlines approach, seniors find themselves wondering what their next path in life will be, and according to counselor Kathy Van Tighem, the decision is not to be taken lightly. “It’s kind of like shopping for a car. You wouldn’t just go out and pick one out based on what your friend likes or based on something that’s convenient because it’s the first one you look at. It’s going to be a long term investment, and something that you’re going to need to do some research on.” One of the many questions high school students face is the preference of an associate

or bachelor degree. However, new research is emerging that shows the salary gap between degrees is much different than one would expect. In a study conducted by the Montana University System, they found that graduates of an associate’s degree make over $2,000 more annually. “On an average, students coming out of a two year program have three jobs from which to choose. Students graduating from a four year program, on the other hand, discover that for every two graduates there is one job to be had,” said Van Tighem. Bridgette Pence, a pathways advisor at Great Falls High, additionally stressed the importance of being mon-

etarily responsible when choosing a collegiate path, “In terms of getting out with the least amount of debt possible, I would always recommend starting at a two year, and then transferring to a four year to complete your bachelor’s.” Pence is available for consultation three days a week and can be found in the counseling office for any inquiries about future or collegiate plans. The Montana University System study also concluded that upon entering the workforce, graduates with an associate’s degree had an employment rate of 81 percent, as opposed to graduates with a bachelor’s degree, who found themselves employed at a rate of 72 percent.

Superintendant Crawley retires

Crawley talks about past, future influences after she leaves by Andrew Kromarek After six years, superintendent Cheryl Crawley has recently announced her retirement from the position. In her six year tenure, Crawley and her team have done a large amount of work towards the improvement of the Great Falls Public Schools, including Great Falls High School. One notable improvement that occurred directly under her employment was propelling the schools into a 21st century learning environment. “The biggest problem was, not only did what we have was freeware software and old machines, we were on a six megabit pipe to the outside world. If you had any two teachers trying to [send] a photograph at the same time, nothing could move.” By fixing the connections for the districts’ schools, class-

rooms were able to utilize computer technology more efficiently. But there is still more work to be done, she says. “My ideal [situation] would be that computers were being used in work teams as they would be used in the real world - as a tool.” Instead of teaching students how to use the computer itself, it would be taught as to how to use a computer in more applicable situations, allowing for a more realistic work environment. “I believe we will be in the 21st century when we get rid of the labs down the hall and you have the computer you need in the classroom, so you can get your work done when you’re working on it.” In addition to working for the improvement of our classrooms, Crawley and her team have also been trying

News tidbits IN MEMORIAM

The following lives were tragically taken in the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting. Please remember to wear Green and White on Dec. 19 in memory of those who have passed. Principal Jane Gregiore also added, “As our week before the holidays progresses, let’s all reflect on how lucky we are to have family, friends, and the caring of our community.” Daniel Barden, 7 Olivia Engel, 6 Josephine Gay, 7 Where should I go to college? Can I get college credit for high school classes? What should I study? Can I study online? How will I pay for school? Do I need to leave Great Falls for a degree?

to get the planned renovations for GFHS into full swing. While these renovations have been talked about for quite some time now, they still have yet to truly take place. And before anything can get moving, the district will need the proper funding to pay for it. Crawley says that there are five main resources for funding - our own money, district funding, state funding, grant funding, bonds with the public, and that leaves a certain amount that they would have to ask the public for. “It takes money. Everything we do is hampered by money.” A mill levy would be another source of money, but to actually have it pass, Crawley we will need to be out of this economic slump. While she will be happy to be moving on, Crawley will miss working what she calls, “the best district in Montana.”

Photo by Jordan Purinton THE END Dr. Cheryl Crawley laughs as she goes over paperwork at the DOB. Crawley has enjoyed a six year career at GFPS and cites one of her biggest accomplishments is helping prepare schools for 21st century learning.

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Benjamin Wheeler, 6 Allison N. Wyatt, 6 Mary Sherlach, 56 Victoria Soto, 27 Anne Marie Murphy, 52 Lauren Rousseau, 30 Dawn Hochsprung, 47 Rachel Davino, 29


Great Falls High will be starting its very first Aviation Flying Club. Students taking part in the club will learn what it takes to become a pilot and have opportunities to fly real airplanes with

the Great Falls Young Eagles Chapter and Cloud Catcher Aviation, as well as learning what exactly goes on in the control tower, ground operations, maintenance and much more. Jeff McBirnie, who is in charge of the club, said “I’m a pilot myself and I figured if there was at least one person interested in it there would be more, and I thought it would be cool to start a club.” Meetings are held Thursdays right after school until about 4 p.m. in the band room. Members must be at least 16 years old to participate. For questions contact band director Jeff McBirnie.


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3 Q&A Early graduates discuss school and future plans NEWS FEATURE

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by Zoie Koostra



Q: Why are you graduating early? A: I guess just to be done with school. My older sister early graduated as well. Q: What has been the most challenging obstacle? A: Having two English classes and reading four books at a time has been very challenging. Q: What are your plans after you graduate? A: I will work as a CNA until basic training in the fall for the Air Force. Q;What will you miss the most about being in school? A: Being around all of my friends on a daily basis and seeing all the classmates I have grown up with.

Q: Why are you graduating early? A: I decided to graduate early to get away from immature high school drama. Besides, I want to be able to train and get in shape to go into the National Guard. Q: What has been the most challenging obstacle? A: The hardest part is probably doing all the work for my two English classes. We have so much work, and deadlines all the time. Q;What will you miss the most about being in school? A:I will miss going to crosstown games for football and basketball, and all of the spirit here. Q: What are your plans after you graduate? A: I will be using my extra time after I graduate to work full time and train for the National Guard.



Q: Why are you graduating early? A:I am graduating early to start a full time job and rodeo all spring and summer. Q: What has been the most challenging obstacle? A: The hardest part for me has been teachers who aren’t always sure what they want me to turn in. Surprise deadlines happen often. Q: What are your plans after you graduate? A:I want to eventually attend college to be a pharmacist. Q;What will you miss the most about being in school? A:I do not think I will miss a lot. I am definitely more dependant on my life outside school.

Q: Why are you graduating early? A: I wanted to get a head start on life by graduating early. I had all the credits I needed, so why not take advantage of that? Q: What has been the most challenging obstacle? A: The hardest thing about the early grad program is doing my senior research and another English at the same time. Q: What are your plans after you graduate? A: I plan on taking on mornings at work, so I can earn enough money to pay for college: first my basics at the COT and then I will go to the University of Montana, or into the military.



Q: Why are you graduating early? A: Senior year is too slow, and lots of my friends have graduated early. Q: What has been the most challenging obstacle? A: The hardest part is having 9 classes, 2 of which are APs and no time to myself. Q: What are your plans after you graduate? A: I want to succeed but I do not have any definite plans at this point. Q;What will you miss the most about being in school? A: I will miss being able to make decisions without serious life consequences.

Q: Why are you graduating early? A: I wanted to move on from high school. I have bigger plans, and to me, this is just a stepping stone. Q: What has been the most challenging obstacle? A: Preparing for college itself has been really hard. Filling out applications and getting ready to leave is daunting. Q: What are your plans after you graduate? A: After graduation, I’ll be moving to Bozeman to start an apprenticeship immediately and college classes next fall. Q;What will you miss the most about being in school? A: The thing I will miss most about high school is the simplicity. After this, I have to become an adult. Photos by Alysha Camacho



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Students must reconsider post secondary options due to progressive employment environments Children generally set their aspirations rather high: movie star, famous musician or president. Such wishful expectations fade as the child grows older and more realistic ambitions follow suit. Although many high school students visualize continuing on to college, there is also a high amount of neglect involving preparation. During high school, most teenagers decide if they will attend college. Typically they do not further investigate practical options. The financial burden of higher education and restraints on the current workforce hinder future desires. Many foresee moving on to a four year college, however, a bachelors degree is no longer practical for many situations. Attending a two year college presents more career opportunities, less financial strife and a higher annual income. It is mindlessly assumed that higher education involves four years of college. Due to the recent studies showing the lack of future options with a bachelors degree, students need to reevaluate different secondary school opportunities. Most jobs that require a bachelors degree are experiencing a drop in hiring rate, whereas an associate degree can open more fields and a higher chance of secure employment. Making inadequate educational decisions can have long term consequences, even if made early on. Prolonging these life altering choices allows room for error. Procrastinating such heavy choices also leads to last minute chaos as deadline approaches. Too many adolescents make risks due to apathy regarding post secondary education. Students need to take the warning signs more seriously about the changes in our future. Students must seriously consider the reality of their impending future. College decisions should not be taken lightly. Even though everyone has a dream, such as going to an expensive private college, in the long run is the experience, or the degree, worth the headache?

COMMENTARY: I must go stock my 2012 bunker now... by Taylor Albrecht Black hole? Asteroid? Spiritual transformations? Inscriptions found in the Mayan Temple of Tortuguero indicate that the world will undergo a new Grand Cycle on 12.22.12. These inscriptions have sparked rumors, articles, books and movies. Scientists believe that the coincidence of the Milky Way’s equator aligning and the winter solstice both on Dec. 22 will not have any affect on the world. More eccentric believers have outlandish theories for the ending of Earth. One theory: aliens will take advantage of the Mayan Long Count calendar as the perfect opportunity to take control of the planet. Other natural disasters combining Biblical plagues like floods, earthquakes, fires and natural disasters with catastrophes like explosions, global warming, extinctions and planetary collisions does not ease rumors and predictions either. Scholars say Mayans do not expect Armageddon in 2012. In fact, they call


the end-of-the-world stories “gringo inventions.” Americans do seem to be the most intrigued about the world ending. In the time of a zombie apocalypse, earthquake or extraterrestrial visit, how will you ensure your safety? There are steps you can take to in order to survive. It is vital to make sure you have a stock full of non-perishable food, water, clothing and basic necessities. An apocalypse shelter, rebuilding supplies and good physical fitness are also recommended. Some towns are in the process of bunker-building. But that is not always the most reliable option. Pre-made apocalypse shelters are also available in some stores. Materialistic items are not all you need. Supplies to start a new life are suggested. Keeping your sanity and assuming the worst will boost your survival rates. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Do you plan on participating in bunkerbuilding and preparation for 2012, or carrying on Christmas break as usual? Is Earth going to crash into Planet X or is Dec. 23 going to be a day full of “I told you so’s?”

Special thanks to select Biology 1–2 and Foundations of Science classes. 350 students were polled for these three questions. The government shouldn’t invest in green energy (13)

Religious Deities



Mankind does not have a major impact on the Earth (21)


Man-made Climatic change (119)

Water (9) Waste of natural resources (283)

Wind (14) All of the above (228) Cyclic Global Warming

(210) Climate Change

What has caused the extreme weather the world has been experiencing?



What types of green energy do you believe the government should invest in?

Repealing of marijuana prohibition laws in the U.S. opens a door for change by Shandon Bilbrey


The time of revolution is upon us; marijuana is legal for recreational use in two states and legal to use medically in 18 states and D.C., leading to the end of the government’s extensive war on marijuana. The spark of revisions in the legality of marijuana will send a rapid fire through America amidst the people challenging state and federal laws. Ultimately leading to the decriminalizing and legalization on the most harmless Schedule I drug. Legalization of marijuana forecasts a huge opportunity for


What is the biggest impact that mankind has on the Earth?

tax revenue in states. The high sales tax implemented on the sale of marijuana will provide states with funding for public education, healthcare and other government funded services. Not only will the legalization provide a large contingency of tax revenue; legalization aims to clean up the streets with drug dealers. The loss of business from illegal dealers will come from directing customer usage toward government approved sellers. This resolves the sum of money spent on infiltrating marijuana production and dis-

tribution. It also cuts down the amount of time agencies such as the DEA, border securities and law enforcement agencies spend on catching dealers and busting recreational users. Annually, Americans pay a sum of about $8 billion in taxes to the prosecuting, arresting and imprisoning of people with marijuana related crimes. The modification in deployment of law enforcers intends to give much needed time chasing criminals with charges of murder, rape or distributing harder drugs, rather than pursuing individuals in possession of


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FACE OFF Legislative Referendum 120 Inspection raises controversy on new abortion law Bill threatens health of adolescents “Immature minors often lack the ability to make fully informed choices that take into account both immediate and long-range consequences.” This elegantly written sentence opens the legislative purpose and findings section for LR 120. Masked by innocent ads aimed at appealing to unsuspecting parents, Legislative Referendum 120 was passed this past election cycle with a pretty resounding 70 to 30 win. The basic contents of LR 120 are to require parental notification before a minor receives an abortion, with an additional judicial waiver of notification. Where LR 120 truly misses the boat, is in the health of the teen. The parental notification is required 48 hours in advance and must be presented to the doctor. In cases of immediate care or incest, the parents must be notified and give approval before the authorities or health professionals can be contacted at all. This overlooked fact is a key reason why this policy is bad for our youth. It threatens the teen’s life, and the baby’s life in an emergency situation. The ads in favor assert that parents should be able to know if their child is trying to get an abortion. Yet according to Planned Parenthood Advocates of Montana, in 2011, 95 percent of planned parenthood’s teen patients involved their parents. Much of the remaining five percent were cases of incest or rape. Young teenagers would likely not ever be able to obtain an abortion without their parent’s knowing and assistance. With abortions costing up to $1,000, a young jobless teenager won’t find many sources to acquire this small fortune without their parent’s help. This bill falsely appealed to one’s “common sense,” and it’s easy to see that this bill is simply a way to stifle the process of getting an abortion.

Jordan Purinton


Same-sex marriage achieves encouraging approval

by Cilly Geranios The recent push for same-sex couples to be allowed the right to marriage and all the rights aligned with the union was largely present in the latest political election. The all iconic union for a committed monogamous relationship is not allowed in many states for same sex couples. The union is not only prohibited, but the rights that go along with such a coupling is prohibited for same sex couples in many states. If a partner becomes deathly sick, the other would not be allowed to see them in the hospital because they are not recognized as family. The perception that same-sex marriage should not be allowed seems to be rooted in two different mentalities, though there may be other less vocal perceptions. The view that same-sex marriage should not be allowed because of a mention against it in a religious book seems odd. How is it that the state separated from the church for the explicit reason to not impose one’s religion upon the general population and yet years later the same issue of wanting to impose a belief upon the population through government is making a comeback. The followers of a faith that are inclined to the opinion that same-sex marriage is wrong but it is not for the government to decide that those open to the possibility of a union with their partner should be denied those rights. As well as the belief that such a coupling between samesex couples is unnatural due to the physically impossible nature of this relationship. Similarly, this belief may be compared

marijuana. The absence of prosecution of citizens with marijuana related crimes will free up time in the court rooms for other more serious cases.

However, the courts will still have to deal with users charged with DUID, Driving Under the Influence of Drugs. The legalization does not exclusively benefit the state and their law enforcers; the legalization also aids many cancer patients recovering from chemotherapy. Marijuana provides many medical uses besides the treating of chemo patients, such as help-

Law holds minors accountable The bill LR 120 specifies that ladies under the age 16 are required to notify their parents of their abortion 48 hours before it happens. That’s it, that’s all, they just have to know. Actually the child isn’t even responsible for telling the parents, it’s the doctor’s responsibility. So why is this bill such a big deal? The parents don’t get a say in the abortion, they just get to know that their daughter is sexually active. Which is good in shaping the child’s future, it might even make the child be a bit more informed. The real hypocrisy is why we didn’t have this law sooner. If a child of any age breaks a law, you can be sure that the parents will hear about it. It’s also against the law to give sexual consent until you are 16 years or older. Not that the child would get fined or anything like that, but why shouldn’t the parents know? There also really isn’t too many cases of children under the age of 16 wanting/needing to get an abortion. Nationally, only 0.3 percent of women under the age of 16 tried to get an abortion in 2011, so annually Montana is looking at very few of these cases even existing. Also, if there is a medical emergency and the child’s life is in danger then the doctor can perform an abortion right away. Those who need to go to court to get the notification waived are either dealing with an abusive family or incest. When the child goes to the court they are going to get help, maybe sent to a foster home or to live with a different family member, essentially taking care of any family problems through the legal system and giving the child a better life. Whether you tell your parents or not, the only remaining problem is getting the money for the abortion. In that case the child needs to make it up. Get a job, if you’re capable and responsible enough for sex, then you should be just as responsible for dealing with the consequences of your actions.

to gamete incompatibility between marine invertebrates. The inability to produce offspring is just viewed as unnatural and weird. However, this belief has no standing outside of personal life. The core of this mentality is that such a coupling is peculiar and as such the members of this coupling should be refused natural rights because of the nature of their relation. The pursuit of happiness is mentioned, explicitly, in the Constitution as a natural right allowed to every citizen. A popular aspect of happiness is marriage and the denial of that right contradicts the constitution. Unfortunately, some state constitutions specifically prohibit same-sex union and therefore the rights of such a union. These constitutions were written ages ago and such antiquated beliefs as the prohibited coupling of two men or two women is slowly being overturned. As same-sex couples become more publicly acknowledged the fact that they are incapable of cementing their happiness seems ludicrous. Antiquated beliefs during this last election were discarded as a woman senator openly admitted to being a lesbian and is still employed. The abnormal nature of her public confession is due to the skewed perception of these same-sex couplings. Such a public profession for a woman to confidently announce her sexual orientation in a state where same-sex marriage has not yet been allowed. Yet, her continued employment speaks to the turn of the tides in this fight for a natural right. Though Tammy Baldwin won the most media attention due to the unique nature as the first woman elected from Wisconsin to the U.S. Senate and the first openly gay politician in the recent election at least 118 gay and lesbian politicians won their races. The increasing amount of the population with this lifestyle proves to make the belief that such a lifestyle should be, essentially, illegal makes no logical sense. The belief that homosexual coupling is abnormal and that the typical marriage rights should be denied these couples is immoral and barbaric in today’s society.

ing in coping with depression and relieving pain caused from glaucoma, spine alignment problems and chronic migraines. The prohibition of marijuana is unnecessary in correlation to tobacco and alcohol laws allowing citizens to use products recreational with the coming of age. Furthermore, marijuana, with a nonexistent death rate, is less harmful than both legal substances. Tobacco use results in an estimated 443,000 deaths and an average of 40,000 deaths by alcohol induced deaths excluding homicides and accidents in the


United States alone. What justifies the prohibition of a product that is less harmful with medicinal capabilities? Prohibition interferes with personal freedoms. Recreational use of marijuana is a victimless crime. The bottom line is, prohibition of marijuana is creating problems to the growing population of recreational users. Not to mention the benefit economically with large sales tax and high demand of users, with a nonexistant mortality rate of smoking marijuana, contrast to death generated by legal substances.


Dustin Senger

What is your opinion on same-sex marriage? Why do you feel that way?

“I am against it because the bible says it’s wrong and also it just seems weird. –Dillon Wadsworth, 10

“I guess I’m for it because they love each other so why would it be wrong? They were born that way I guess. Accept them for who they are.” –Renee Wanke, 9 “It’s against the views and beliefs that I was raised with. My personal belief; I’m for it. I’m gay. Why would I limit my future happiness?” –Josh Wheeler, 11

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Lack of sleep can result in illness, drowsiness, overeating, weight gain, acne, forgetfulness and limited learning and listening capacities

Anything less than five minutes to fall asleep at night means you’re sleep deprived. Aggression problems are exasperated by sleep deprivation

Caffeine per bottle: 34 mg

The ideal time to fall asleep is between 10 and 15 minutes Info from the sleep foundation photo from 123.rf

Counting sheep?

Consider the factors in your life contributing to sleep issues

Subsequently teenagers naturally wish to wake up later, approximately ten a.m. or later. Mora said, “Increased technology has caused less sleep for teenagers. Teenagers need about nine to ten hours of sleep and most teenagers don’t meet that need”. According to the National Sleep Foundation, less than fifteen percent of teenagers on average

receive even eight and a half hours of sleep on school nights. One solution to teen sleep deprivation is starting school later. Mora states “I’m on the fence [with starting school later]. If we start school later, will [teens] stay up later? If they would still go to bed at the same time and then get the sleep they needed I would be all for starting school later.”

is an essential function Feeling good? Sleeping to maintaining a healthy lifestyle by Breanna Sanderson Sleeping comes with many different benefits such as improving your memory, receiving better grades, sharpening your attention, lowering stress, and even losing weight. Psychology teacher Jana Mora said, “Sleep is important for regenerating the body and

reprocessing what [the person] did during the day.” If people don’t get enough sleep at night, then their day can be majority affected. Senior David Ashby said, “because I’m a diabetic sometimes I wake up during the night and if my blood sugar is low I need to eat before I can go back to sleep. If I’m high, I’m not able to fall

back asleep until it goes back down. I have to keep my blood sugar at normal level to be able to get though the day.” People get affected all the time from not getting enough sleep during the night to be able and get through the day. Mora adds that without sleep “it’s like driving on empty all day.”

“Without caffeine it’s questionable whether I could get through the day.” Josh smith, junior Frappuccino Released: 1971 Caffeine per bottle: 115 mg “I USUALLY NEED A MORNING PICK UP. I DON'T LIKE NORMAL ENERGY DRINKS, THEY MAKE YOU JITTERY I LIKE COFFEE WAY MORE.” Darian keels, Junior Max Velocity Released: 2009 Caffeine per bottle: 155 mg “CLEARLY CAFFEINE IS BAD FOR YOU, BUT I DRINK IT WHENEVER I HAVE A HEADACHE AND IT HELPS.” JORDAN WANAGO, SOPHOMORE

Monster Released: 2002

Caffeine per bottle: 160 mg

“I drink Monster when I have to get up really early.” Ronnie Miller, Junior


Released: 2011

Caffeine per bottle: 260 mg “My favorite is liquid ice, Nos is too sweet.” Cory Beattie, Sophomore

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Red Bull Released: 1984 Caffeine per bottle: 80 mg “Red bull is probably my favorite, but it’s really expensive so I don’t get it too often.” Kurtis Steinmentz, Senior

the weather pattern change where a person lives. “Specifically it is a decrease in the brain hormones melatonin or serotonin,” said Geranious. Lack of sunlight can affect peoples sleep-wake cycle and other circadian rhythms. “It is considered a form of depression with lack

Rockstar Released: 2001 Caffeine per bottle: 160 mg “Rockstar tastes good. I drink it on the weekends just for fun.” John Cox, Junior

Are you SAD? by Breanna Sanderson Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a type of depression that affects a person during the same season each year. “Seasonal active disorder affects teenagers, adults, or even young children,” said Dr. George Geranious. SAD can be caused by the way

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Dec. 17, 2012

The Anatomy


Policy Debater

Debate team analyzes past and future as policy debaters by Cilly Geranios “You have to do your chores before you can leave.” This common line from parent to adolescent usually leads to endless negotiations to achieve the ever elusive social life desired by teenagers, but such arguments should not be considered debating. Although this scenario comes to mind, debate, as an academic event, is much different than arguing with parents. Junior competitive debater Hannah Good said, “You have to be aggressive and quick thinking.” The need to spot errors in another c o m p e t i t o r ’s argument comprises t h e necessary information in

order to successfully attack the essence of what makes up the opponents’ case. This skill forces the need to develop an aggressive mentality, along with an ability to quickly decide upon a weakness to comment on in the opposition’s argument. Hannah Good’s partner, Junior Kylar Clifton, said, “You need to work harder than any other team.” Debate cases in policy, or plans, are constructed to support an affirmative approach to the policy or topic being debated. Upon entering a competition, the team will be told which side of the case they must argue. In policy debate, the affirmative side of the debate would provide a plan, and then prove the plan fixes the resolution or topic along with benefits. The negative side, on the other hand, would attempt to point out every fallacy in the argument and then c apit alize on these

mistakes. Therefore the negative approach is not planned. Therefore the evidence collected must be strong and convincing for either


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side. However, in policy debate the negative case is not built before the meet but during. The debate events usually cover government policy, hence the name. Clifton said, “For policy, a debater needs to have knowledge of current events and how the government works.” Currently, the resolution Good and Clifton are debating reads, “The U.S. government substantially increasing transportation infrastructure investment.” Good and Clifton’s case is called T.I.G.E.R. grants. This acronym stands for Transportation, Investment, Generating, Economic, Recovery. Researching topics such as government policy means that the debaters in this event are required to be extensively informed. Good also said, “A drive to research cur rent events, always comes i n handy.” GFHS’ complete debate team placed fourth at the recent Electric City Invitational in Great Falls on Dec. 7 and 8.

ORDER IN THE COURT Junior debate partners Hannah Good and Kylar Clifton demonstrate that the bond formed through Speech and Debate does not disappear once the match is over.

The Tools Evidence Gathered in order to present a convincing argument against an opponent’s case. Briefcase Used to carry the case, or written argument, for the meet and to remain organized.

Evidence Bin Needed to organize any valid information the speakers may use to defend their stances. BinderBin Evidence Necessary Needed to carry to note in order to evidence argumentative argue against an oppoints in an ponent’s case. opponent’s case.

Students often lack knowledge about the boundaries they will encounter when it comes to being sexually active Q: What is the major issue regarding a

person under the age of 16 having sex? A: Legislatures decided many years ago that 16 is the right age to be sexually active. Sixteen is a mature enough age to start having sex. Q: Why can’t they even have oral sex? A: The law states any type of penetration, and oral sex is penetration. It’s no different than full on sex according to the law. Q: Why should students talk to their parents about having sex? A: I personally think that it’s

more of a family issue instead of a law issue. It’s more about moral and values. Q: What if the parents are fine with the idea of their child under the age of 16 having sex? A: It is still a violation. Parents cannot give consent for their sons or daughters to go have sex with an older person. Q: If a couple breaks up and has already had sex, but you can’t prove that they did, can they still get in trouble for being sexually active?

A: Police have ways of finding out those

kinds of things. DNA is our number one way of getting to the truth. We can dissect someone’s bedroom and get the truth. Q: How do you feel about this issue? A: I personally like the age of 16. It’s a good age for them to know everything as in the pros and cons. It’s going to take that one person to get upset and come down to talk to me about it. People need to be more knowledgeable about what they’re doing and who they’re doing it with.



Dec. 17, 2012

Band of Brothers Friends, brothers and DJ partners establish ‘A Beat Ahead’, aimed to excite dances for student body by Josh Byron “I go to the dances because they’re a lot of fun and you get to listen to music you wouldn’t be able to listen to at a school sponsored dance and can dance however you want, said sophomore Cory Beattie. A Beat Ahead DJ Services, is a business owned and operated by seniors, Bryton Gabriel, Jordan Purinton and Michael Gunderson. They hold dances at various venues around Great Falls for kids age 14 through 18. “These dances give kids things to do in this town. When the district tightened up on dancing, it really discouraged kids.” said Purinton. The Great Falls Public School district implemented a strict no grinding at school dances policy. These dances attract hundreds of kids from Great Falls and surrounding areas with freedom of dancing, and a variety of music ranging from popular remixes, to trap, to dubstep. Not only do these events attract dancers, but attract DJ’s as well. DJ Ralph Dagza, guest DJ’s sets at most of their events. “He contacted us in May and we talked about DJ stuff, he started DJ’ing in Miami but ended being stationed on the Air Base here. We had him do some sets

and he ended up becoming a good friend of ours.” said Purinton. “We have some sort of incident at every dance. We have run ins with the authorities most of the time. We had a kid smoking pot on the dance floor last event.” said Purinton. These dances now have a strict one time out policy in which dancers are not allowed to leave and come back in. Illicit substances and physical altercations are the most common incidents at these events. Supervision at these events is limited. “A lot of volunteers are chaperones. Sometimes we don’t have any, it just depends on the venue.” said Purinton. “I look forward to the dances all the time. it gives us something to look forward to and brings us kids together and gives us a chance to come together and have fun with no drama.” said sophomore Jake Wetzel. Approximately 500 kids go to each dance according to Michael Gunderson. A Beat Ahead uses Facebook pages to build anticipation among dancers by giving users set list previews and tagging the events with things such as “White Out” or “Jungle Dance”. “The next one is Jan. 4th” said Purinton.

Photos by Jordan Purinton WE GOT THE BEAT Senior DJ’s Jordan Purinton, Bryton Gabriel, and Michael Gunderson provide DJ services for weddings, dances and other events, to promote their business A Beat Ahead. ALL OF THE LIGHTS A Beat Ahead offers an exceptional DJ performance rooted by popular remixes and EDM, as well as, a corroborating light show powered by intelligent moving lights.

Boogie down at Bert & Ernies Combining modern pub food with blues and jazz artists, Bert & Ernies create a restaurant with an excellent atmosphere by Shandon Bilbrey In light of the Christmas spirit, Bert and Ernies hosted three artists, Foothills School, Untapped 3D ~ Three Sisters and the Johnson Brothers in duration of the downtown Christmas Stroll. The night was chilly, however, thousands of Great Falls citizens came together to celebrate a mutual holiday favorite, the Christmas Stroll. The Christmas Stroll lives up to holiday cheer with performing artists filling up restaurants, and even performing on the street. People piled in Bert & Ernies in the latter hours of Friday. Foothills School began the evening with the soul and R&B trio, Untapped 3D ~ Three Sisters succeeding and ending with the Johnson Brothers duo of country and folk. Bert & Ernies lives up to its slogan: music,

THE BLUES BROTHERS The Johnson Brothers capture the holiday spirit with their joyous folkcountry infused blues. THREE SOUL SISTERS Arriving shortly after the Foothills School, the three sisters captivated Bert & Ernies with their energy and soul.

food, and brew pub, with a live venue tossed together with gourmet pub food. “We are trying to revive downtown. Bringing music down here brings people and they can enjoy food as well,” said owner Janet Neil. The restaurant draws the people of Great Falls to dine affordably and experience local artists of various genres. Normally, the restaurant hosts blues and jazz artists and often invite past musicians to perform on a regular basis, such as Jeni Dodd and Rick Tryon. “The different music helps give exposure to people that don’t normally listen to blues and jazz,” said Neil. The exposure does precisely that, with giving artists an opportunity to bring friends and people of Great Falls together for a groovy night and a possibility winning a few fans.

Photos by Shandon Bilbrey

Captain Murphy

Crystal Castles


Psychedelic Flying Lotus creator reveals notorious side-project of fat beats, sick artists and gnarly vocal tracks.


King Animal

In amidst of reviving vocal cuts and synth beats, Crystal Castles assembles a masterpiece of haunting melancholy

The king of grunge returns with a rich and ambitious grunge roots, revisiting Cornell’s chilling lead vocals

by Shandon Bilbrey For a third time the duo behind Crystal Castles infused lo-fi electronic hooks with haunting dance beats, paving the way for a powerful third album. Lead vocalist Alice Glass incorporates recurring vocal cuts with explosive synth beats backed by instrumentalist Ethan Kath. The duo constructed an album that captures experimental electronica in the background of a horror film. “Kerosene” adapts to the eeriness of the album with high-pitched vocal cuts from Glass and a bass driven beat. Crystal Castles caught commercial success with “(III)” scoring the first spot on U.S. Heatseakers Albums chart and 77 on the U.S. Billboard 200. “(III)” received international recognition marking 63 on the U.K. Albums Chart and 93 on Irish Albums Chart. Critically media outlets reviewed “(III)” to be less experimental, however, maintaining a progressive and a serious electronic dance genre. Crystal Castles may have backed away from their 8-bit synthesiser beats and experimentalism displayed in their two previous albums. However, the duo produces a serious and structured format with a recurrent theme of a haunting melancholy standing out throughout the album. In a close of 2012, Crystal Castles unfolds their masterpiece of fear and destruction.

by Michael Toppen After more than a decade of musical silence, Soundgarden returns to the musical front of rock with the ambitious King Animal. The bands first album of completely new material since 1996s “Down on the Upside,” King Animal picks up where they left off in the nineties, starting off the album with aptly named lead single “Been Away Too Long.” Riding off of the breakneck pace of “Been Away Too Long.” the album drops off into soulful choruses and killer guitar riffs that echo throughout the album. After the bone chilling intro to “Non-State Actor” the album loses a bit of its steam and becomes softer, slower and more reflective, a testament to the age and wisdom the musicians have gathered over these past ten years. Lead singer Chris Cornell’s chilling voice echos out on the songs “A Thousand Days Before” and “Bones of Birds”. Leading into the end of the album, the blues inspired “Black Saturday” brings a new sound to the album and gives it steam to take the listener to the end. A strong album in the Soundgarden discography, King Animal deserves a four star rating. Having drifted far from their grunge roots, Soundgarden delivers a quality album of new material. King Animal shines light on the reflective and precise side of Soundgarden.


by Austin Mu Captain Murphy, the new musician and hip-hop track producer, is bringing a whole-sum and hardy collection of mixes to the table. Steven Ellison, the mastermind behind aesthetic hip-hop beat composer Flying Lotus has now revealed his much anticipated side-project. Differing from the typical psychedelic ambience generated in the popular FlyLo mixes, “Duality” offers a giddy, yet “important”atmosphere with its collection of unique techniques. The album is complete with audio clips discussing ironic concepts of sex & death, samples from a variety of music genres and a number of featured artists. The track “Between Friends” was enough to win me over, which featured renowned abstract rapper Earl Sweatshirt lazily spilling out the deep, poetic lyrics over a Flying Lotus driven acid track. However, when it all comes down to it, I would give this album 3.5 stars out of 5. The choruses are typically intertwined with unique bass and drum parts, but the sounds are too consistently similar, to the point that any constant listen of this album would become an inevitable exhaustion. Listen to it with your friends, hear each track a few times, consider it a good listen and move on to the next emerging sensation.


Dec. 17, 2012

‘Lincoln’ revives Political History by Breanna Sanderson The excitement of getting to miss four class periods to go on a bus and head to the movies is just about any student’s dream. You grab the movie ticket and find a seat, but then you realize, you’re going to see a history movie. This is exactly how many of the juniors reacted when all of the junior classes went on a field trip to Spielberg’s movie “Lincoln.” Overall, students tend to think history movies are boring and don’t really show the true story of what actually happened during Lincoln’s presidency. Even so, different points of views can be portrayed when watching a history based movie. Spielberg had researched for 12 years to have great knowledge and detail put into the making of this movie. Those sitting through the first half hour of “Lincoln” might think it is very uninteresting and gruesome because it seems that the whole movie is only going to show thousands of dead people. In reality, though, the film gives great insight and de-

tail about what it was like during the time of Lincoln’s life. For instance, when Lincoln’s eldest son went with him to a burial sight were thousands of dead bodies were being heaped into a big hole in the ground, his son reacted violently, yelling at his father that he would change things. Lincoln’s response was to slap his son’s face because he wanted his son to understand that he was trying to do what needed to be done to make changes happen. The movie shows the audience just how rough those times were emotionally, intellectually and personally for the people living through the daily crisis of the Civil War. Spielberg’s “Lincoln” is a must see movie. He embellished this movie to perfection. “Lincoln” is amazingly accurate about what was going on during those times. It shows people a whole different side about his presidency that many people would not have thought happened. It was very inspiring to see what Congress was like and how divided it was. “Lincoln” shows us the difficulties that went on


trying to pass the 13th Amendment and all the disagreements that went on in Congress. Throughout this movie, viewers see what Lincoln overcame to make our country better. “Lincoln” may be in the running as an Oscar contending movie. It is said that the actors Daniel Day-Lewis and Sally Field could possibly be nominated for best actor and best supporting actor. They made this movie come to life in people’s eyes. Sally Field was a great supporting actor for Daniel Day-Lewis showing how emotional those times were for Lincoln’s family, and how it impacted their lives. Spielberg’s “Lincoln” not only informs about history, it shows us how history affects us today. Whether on a field trip or a night at the movies, this film is a must see.

Juniors take a field trip to view Spielberg’s rendition of Abraham Lincoln Q: How did the movie benefit you? A: I got more of an understanding on how it was during that time period. Q: Was it a good opportunity? A: It was a very good opportunity. I got to miss school for an educational event, at the movie theaters.

Q: What did seeing this movie show show you? A: It gave me more knowledge on the civil war from Lincolins perspective. Q: Did you like this movie? A: It was a very interesting movie, it showed me how congress works.

Q: What did you like about this field trip? A: I liked geting to miss school for about 4 hours to go to the movies. Q: Did you learn a lot from going on this field trip? A: It gave me a good view on what it was like during those times.

Q: How did it benefit you? A: It really helped me learn more about Lincolin. Q: Whats does this movie teach you? A: It gives us an insight on what it was like in the life of Lincolin and the obstacles he had to face.

Q: How did this movie benefit you? A: It gave me more knowledge on Abraham Lincolin and his presidency. Q: Was it a good opportuinty? A: I think it was a good opportunity because we got to miss school to go see a movie.

Q: How do you think this movie benefited the students by going to see this movie? A: The movie was released as the junior classes were discussing it in class, the good thing was they also got to see a visual of it.

–Lacey Mertes

–Alison Lee

–Beau Stingley

–Hannah Klementz

–Kaitlin Teasley

–Chad Ghetten



Dec. 17, 2012

Strong start raises high expectations by Andrew Kromarek The Bison have proven themselves in their opening week, but it still may be too early to get a clear picture of how the rest of the season will go. They opened with wins in both of their games. They showed up the Helena Bruins with a 56–47 win, and 62–50 against the Flathead Braves. “We’re off to a good start,” said senior Jace Anderegg. “We’re right up there with everyone else.” And if that’s anything to use as a predictor, the competition this season should be top-notch. Last season, the Flathead Braves had made it to the final round of the state tournament, so it was no small accomplishment to be starting with two Bison victories. “We have a well balanced team with a lot of players,” said Anderegg. “Helena and Glacier were two of the best teams

to play against,” said Coach Bob Howard. And with those two out of the way, the Bison may be feeling a little invincible as of late. “The wins are definitely confidence boosters, but we gotta make sure we keep up with the wins,” said senior Dylan Tatarka. “I think we have to work on our rebounding specifically, and we have to start working on getting strong starts in the first and second quarters.” Tatarka additionally added that the season is still young, and the team has to stay focused. “Most of us know that it’s still early on. We just gotta stay focused. I mean, years in the past, we’ve had hot starts and dropped off later in the season. We just have to work hard throughout the season.” After losing one game and winning another, the Bison sit at a record of 3–1.

by Jordan Purinton Shock. That was the resounding emotion running through senior Danica Wassmann’s head upon hearing she’d been cut from the varsity girls basketball team. “We all opened our letters and we were all just shocked because myself and three other returning seniors were cut at the same time.” Yet, this fact is not curbing the team spirit according to senior Callee Remsen. “It’s a new atmosphere definitely. The first few days of practice felt like we were on a whole different team, but as we’ve started to develop our chemistry, we’ve really come together well.” With the season just getting underway with a record of 3–1, the girls basketball team is adjusting to a new year, with many fresh young faces. The new faces include four newly added freshmen and Brice Henning, a former home schooled student,

now attending classes at Great Falls High. A newly emerged star for the Bison has been senior Jessica Keller. Keller, who has played basketball all throughout high school, is only in her first year as a varsity player. Yet in her first two games, she tossed up 35 points and pulled down 18 rebounds. Keller’s efforts also scored her a spot as the local athlete of the week, but she’s not letting the attention get to her head. “It’s nice to have a few good games but there is always room for improvement, personally and as a team.” Coach Greg Dart shares in the team enthusiasm and has an optimistic look about the future of the girls team, “I feel really confident in terms of where we’re going to go. I think we’re one of the better teams in the East, and I feel like we could be up there challenging for the top spot.”

Team dynamic creates fresh chemistry

Photo by Jordan Purinton GAME FACE Junior Bryce Clark fights against a Flathead Brave player during Saturday’s game. Clark shot 4–7 from the field and wound up scoring 12 in the 62–50 victory.

Jordan Jernigan Senior Center

John Bedbury


Forward Defender

Americans recruit new team

Hockey team’s coach overhauls system losing season by Cilly Geranios The ice gleams as the Zamboni slowly glides off the play center. The teams pour into the benching area on both sides and the period is soon to begin. Americans stand as a mob on one side, and among them, GFH players Jordan Jernigan and John Bedbury prepare for another period of play. Senior John Bedbury, forward defender, said, “Everything you do, day and night, you have to be worrying about hockey.” The AWHL team recently signed almost an entirely new team of players as well as a new head coach after last season’s record of 1–47. New head coach Jeff Heimel accepted the task of attempting to rebuild the team after the losing season. Heimel said, “I think getting those players that are willing to learn and get used to the program is important.” The new team recruited many younger players in order to obtain those players willing to learn the new program. Despite the new nature of the team, the young players agree that they have already grown close even though the season has just begun. Heimel said, “This is one of the closest groups I’ve

had the pleasure of working with.” Furthering the idea that a close bond is important to the mechanics of a team, Bedbury said, “You get to meet [the guys] and build a chemistry with them.” Visible by their season record of 6–16 over last season’s record of 1–47, the Americans have improved their overall performance. The bond between the players is not the only driving force behind the success. Heimel said, “We have a lot of momentum. I think the guys are working really hard.” Senior Jordan Jernigan, center, said, “I like the rivalry. If there was a GFH team, that would be awesome but I do enjoy one big team.” While hockey is very much a school sport, it is different from others as Jernigan said, “I feel like my reaction time has to be a lot quicker [in hockey] than playing football or running track.” Both Jernigan and Bedbury have been playing since a young age, but the two enjoy the sport for very different reasons. Bedbury said, “You can fight. Who doesn’t love a sport you can fight in?” They will play Glacier at home this Friday.

This is one of the closest groups I’ve had the pleasure of working with.

Photo by Sienna Cobell ICING THE COMPETITION Lucas Lomay, awaits the puck. The Americans had won against the Bozeman Ice Dogs in the Dec. 5 game with a final score of 7–4, ending their five game losing streak; however, the two game losses to Gillette this past weekend sets their record at 6–16.



Dec. 17, 2012

Youthful team energized Three-peat hopes fulfilled at Classic


by Ada Kelly As the 2012 wrestling season begins, the team feels confident about their abilities and the future of the team. One third of the way done with the season, four undefeated wrestlers remain including juniors Austin Shupe 12-0, Cody Henderson 12-0 and sophomores Casey Dobson 12-0, Jaren Komac 10-0. Coach Steve Komac said, “This has been an exciting season for the team. They have a great attitude. They all have strong work ethics. With only one or two seniors in the lineup, we have a young team this year.” The GFH team satisfied their hopes for a three-peat at the CMR Holiday Classic wrestling tournament. Brandon Bilbrey said, “Losing our best wrestlers from last season has been really tough, but we’ve had

some really strong up and coming Freshmen this season with people like Walker Ferda and Tommy McMillen.” Sophomore Kenton Evans agreed with Bilbrey saying, “We’re a very physical team. We’re good at getting rough with our opposition. We just have to continue that as the season progresses.” Spirits are high throughout the wrestling team’s wrestlers and coaches. Komac said, “My favorite part of coaching is the kids and the competition.” Komac has been coaching for 13 years at GFH. Although the team agrees it is strong, Evans said, “I think our weaknesses will lie in our ability to duel our opponents and successfully pin them.” Although missing skilled Photo by Jordan Purinton seniors, Komac and his team PIN-UP Freshman Kainen Lacasse wrestles during the Holiday Classic on Saturday Dec. 15. GFH won the tournament have high aspirations for the again, making it a three-peat for the team. rest of the season.



Wrestling GFH vs. Havre Dual Dec. 20 5 p.m.

Boys at CMR Jan. 8 V – 7:30 p.m. Girls vs. Helena High Dec. 18 V – 7:30 p.m.

GFH vs. Havre Duals Jan. 4 4:30 p.m.

McMnamee Leaves for Deployment As the season starts strong, swimming team loses their coach

Photo by Jordan Purinton MAKING WAVES Coach Ed McNamee directs swimmers during an afternoon practice. McNamee will leave on Dec. 23.

by Andrew Kromarek After earning a seventh place tournament place this weekend, the team faces the deployment of head coach Ed McNamee overseas just as their season begins. “We will be without our headman, but he usually leaves us in good shape” said Julie Anderson, assistant coach for the swim team. The team had their first meet of the season on Dec. 2, the same night as the Winter Formal. “That was good. We always run into some issues with the prom at Great Falls High. We manage it the best we can, and we had some pretty good performances,” said Coach McNamee. However, this does not mean the team will be letting their guard down, especially with their head man leaving so soon. With 12 years as the head coach, this isn’t his first time having to leave the team. “I think anytime you take a head coach from a team its going to have an effect. We’re doing our best to mitigate the effect as best we can,” said McNamee. McNamee leaves at the end of Decemeber, giving the team around a month to adjust to their head coach’s ab-

sence. “He’s definitely got a certain presence on the deck which, none of us can necessarily replicate” said assistant coach Erica Hickey. “I think one of the things about this sport that makes it interesting is that its a tight-knit group . . . we go through the holidays together, we swim, we put so much time in, for what seems like two seconds overall . . . its a lot of time involvement, so the bonds are there, in particular for the senior class; I think it’s tough for them,” said McNamee. “It’s really hard. It’s weird not having him around everyday,” said Senior Katie Bjorsness. This year will also be more personal for McNamee, as his wife, Erica McNamee is also coaching and his daughter Stevie is a freshman on the team, but he believes that the Bison family will take good care of them while he’s away. “We really appreciate and love the Bison family. I’m an old Bison, and so we love that it’s no questions asked, they take care of us, and that’s something that we really count on and look forward to.“


Dec. 17, 2012


ongs of Success by Katie Rider

On Feb. 14, 11 GFH students will attend the All-Northwest Music Festival in Portland, OR. A prestigious music festival, it gathers and features the best musicians from Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Alaska. Choir, band and full orchestra groups will participate in groups that are audition only. The audition material differed for each group, but every student spent many hours and days dedicated to practicing. These students showed exemplary skills as they competed against some of the top musicians for the limited number of spots available at the festival.

Cierra Connor

Brandy Kamstra “It was my last year,” said senior Brandy Kamstra, “I wanted to try and put myself out there.” Students try new things their senior year or take chances that they will only be able to experience in high school. Kamstra said, “I’ve had to give up a lot for music. I have to give up time and academic studies have become less of my focus compared to other students. And I always have choir songs stuck in my head.” Musicians have to overcome one thing in music. Kamstra’s said, “I can’t keep a straight face! It’s hard to stay professional when singing for a performance.”

“I was really excited when I found out,” said senior Cierra Connor, “I didn’t really know what it meant, though, until Mr. Ryan explained the gravity of it.” Connor was previously shy before her passion for choir brought out her more confident side, “I was so shy to sing in front of people, and having to get over that has helped me to become more confident.” Music has taken up a lot of time from Connor’s life, especially when it comes to finding a job, “Many jobs won’t let you take off the amount of time you need for concerts and other music events. It’s hard to find a job that is lenient about that.”

Nicole Cuntapay “You have to hear what you are doing wrong before you fix it. Having to pick apart a piece to find those faults is really hard,” said senior Nicole Cuntapay. Cuntapay, along with Brian Tremper, went to All-National music festival. She said she audtioned for All-Northwest because “it was a prestigous group and there were going to be a lot of good musicians there.” “I love music because you are able to get away from things when you play a piece,” said Cuntapay, “I like being able to dedicate myself to something that I can constantly get better at.”

Brian Tremper “Music is a centuries old thing. It goes across language, time and culture barriers. Being able to tap into that is incredible,” said senior Brian Tremper. Tremper is a percussionist in symphonic band, “I’ve been serious about music since sophomore year. I had to choose between soccer [which I played freshman and sophomore years] and music. And music is what I like the most.” Tremper sees music as a part of his future, “I want to be a music teacher. I like the idea that you can take someone who doesn’t really know what they are doing and mold them into someone really great. I want to share my love for music.”

Bryton Gabriel Senior Bryton Gabriel is more commonly known throughout the community as one of the owners of A Beat Ahead DJ Services, but his singing talent is nothing to downplay, “I sang for ten years in Great Falls Young People. And then I started this business. Music has always been apart of my life. I can’t imagine a life without it.” “Music has a way of bringing people together,” said Gabriel, “Everyone is in sync while we sing those songs. I really like that. Music is such a good opportunity for everyone involved.”

Katherine Loveless “There is always competition to overcome,” said senior Katherine Loveless, “I can sometimes feel inferior, and it pushes me to become better.” Loveless was unable to audition for the Northwest choir group later due to an untimely sinus infection, “I was sad that I was unable to share all the experiences that everyone who went had. I felt like I had missed out and I really wanted to try out this year and go.” Loveless plays five different instruments along with singing, starting her first one at age four. She said, “Music is my entire life. I love everything about it.”

Sean Warner “When I suffered from injuries through football this fall, I decided to get more serious about music,” said senior Sean Warner. Warner, although passionate about music, is not searching for a career in the art, “I hope to go to college and have a minor in it. I think that would be fun. “My biggest difficulty in music is overcoming and expanding my vocal range,” said Warner. “I love music because it is something I can express myself with,” said Warner, “it’s cool how so much emotion can come out of words.”

Anna Laughlin

Ariel Bonilla

“Music relaxes me. It is a really great way to express myself,” said junior Anna Laughlin. She also said how much time she has had to give up for music, “I haven’t been able to get a job.” Laughlin has also participated in the National Fine Arts festival for piano and a singing quartet. “I love to sing,” Laughlin said, “And I knew auditioning for AllNorthwest would make me better. It was really good practice.” Laughlin said her hardest thing to over come in music is her, “fear to preform. It is hard to get up in front of a group of people.”

Junior Ariel Bonilla was notified of her acceptance into All-Northwest one month after every other member from GFHS had been told. Bonilla, who was selected as an alternate in the program, explained why she auditioned, “My vocal instructor persuaded me.” “My favorite part about music is how it is a part of a person,” Bonilla said, “It is an extension of one’s self.” Bonilla said, “The worst thing I have had to overcome in music is having to realize that not every preformance will be it’s best.”

Phyliss Jenkins

“The biggest thing I’ve had to overcome is how difficult music is. I takes so much time and effort just to make one piece sound good,” said sophomore Phyllis Jenkins, the youngest person from Great Falls High to be accepted into the festival. “I honestly didn’t think I was going to get in,” said Jenkins, “I did it mainly for the audition experience. I am really happy that I made it.” Jenkins said of her connection to music, “I can connect to different people on a more emotional level when I am playing in comparison when I am not making music.”

Brandon Wanke “I’ve had to practice really hard these last few years. I switched to french horn my freshman year. I’ve had to give up a lot of time that I would have spent with friends,” said senior Brandon Wanke. Wanke’s highest music accomplishment before AllNorthwest was Northwest Honor Choir, which he made his junior year. Wanke has wanted to go to All-Northwest since his eighth grade year. Wanke explained his love for music, “You can feel so many different emotions when you play music. And you can express whatever you are feeling at the time.”

Iniwa 2012 Issue 4  
Iniwa 2012 Issue 4  

Iniwa 2012 Issue 4